Introduced in 1968 Cohiba cigars were meant only as protocol cigars made solely for Cuban officials and diplomats. Cohiba was not widely distributed until 1983 when 3 sizes were launched: Lanceros, Coronas Especiales and Panetelas.Then, 3 more vitolas were added to the brand in 1989: Esplenditos, Robustos and Exquisitos, completing what is known as "La Linea Ciasica". In 1992, 5 more vitolas were added creating the "Linea 1492". the Siglo I, II, III, IV and V and recently the long awaited Siglo VI was released. Cohiba remains the "King of the Cubans" as well as Castro's favourite smoke, before he gave up smoking.